Ryan Coogler’s road to blockbuster glory began when he jumped from indies like “Fruitvale Station” to the mid-budget, Oscar-nominated “Creed.” But now he’s going all out with a massive budget and a truly epic task in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The title character, played by Chadwick Boseman, was first introduced in last summer’s “Captain America: Civil War,” and his first standalone movie will allow the Marvel Cinematic Universe to tell a different kind of hero story.
Marvel’s official synopsis reads: “‘Black Panther’ follows T’Challa (Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.”
Coogler has assembled a dream cast to star opposite Boseman, with the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker taking supporting roles. Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis will be reprising their MCU roles of Everett K. Ross and Ulysses Klaue, respectively.
“Black Panther” opens February 16, 2018. Get your first look at Coogler in blockbuster mode by watching the teaser trailer below.